All Eyes on Diabetes with World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day falls every year on 14 November and is a day when millions of people around the world come together to raise awareness of diabetes, and what it’s really like to live with the condition. It’s a global campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) with activity taking place around the world.

The theme of World Diabetes Day 2016 is Eyes on Diabetes. The year’s activities and materials will focus on promoting the importance of screening to ensure early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications.

#Test2Prevent

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has estimated that globally as many as 193 million people, or close to half of all adults currently living with diabetes, are unaware of their disease. Most of these cases are type 2 diabetes.

IDF has created an online diabetes risk assessment which aims to predict an individual’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes within the next ten years, with an aim  to achieve 1 MILLION INDIVIDUAL SCREENINGS recorded on the World Diabetes Day website during the month of November. 

The test takes only a couple of minutes to complete. It is a quick, easy, and confidential way to find out your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

Driving with Diabetes

  • You must tell the DVLA if you have diabetes for which you take any type of medication.
  • If you have insulin treatment you will undergo an independent medical assessment every year. This also applies to holders of C1 licence which may previously have been included on your standard car/motorbike licence.
  • You should monitor your blood glucose levels regularly and store results on a memory meter, if you take insulin.
  • You will need to provide three months of continuous meter readings at your assessment, if you take insulin.
  • You should report any severe hypoglycaemia or loss of awareness of hypoglycaemia to the DVLA
  • Any changes to your condition or treatment (e.g complications which might affect your ability to drive safely) should be reported.

 For more information visit www.diabetes.org.uk